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The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, by Jim Butcher Book Review | SFReader.com
The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, by Jim Butcher Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Del Rey Published: 2008 Review Posted: 6/17/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, by Jim Butcher
Book Review by Paul Weiss
Have you read this book?
A welcome addition to the Dresden Files universe!
Harry Dresden is a hapless, down on his luck wizard. In fact, he's the
only licensed wizard in the Chicago phone book. Business isn't exactly
brisk so from time to time he acts as a consultant with the Chicago
Police Department when the cases drift out of the mundane and into the
realm of the paranormal. When Karrin Murphy, one of Chicago's finest, is
called upon to investigate a brutal mauling at the Lincoln Park Zoo
that left way too many weird questions from left field unanswered, she
knew it was time to call on Harry's unique skills. One look at the crime
scene was all that Dresden needed to realize that powerful black magic
was at work.
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is an enjoyable graphic novel and a welcome
extension (a prequel, actually) to the Dresden Files, a series that
almost defies genre classification. While Harry Dresden assumes the role
of the angst-ridden, hard-boiled detective with the self-sufficient,
anti-authority attitude reminiscent of a John Corey or Harry Bosch, he's
also a bit of a laughable bumbler. We've got fantasy, blended with
comedy, the paranormal, cozy mystery, thriller and even a touch of
heart-warming romance from time to time.
As with any venture into the paranormal, a certain suspension of
disbelief is required. But the willing reader will reap abundant rewards
- strong character development; gritty, realistic, easy-flowing,
natural dialogue that has lots of lightweight comedic moments; good guys
and bad guys that will evoke strong reactions; smiles, chuckles and
laughs throughout; a new supernatural universe complete with rules
governing the use of magic and an over-riding White Council, the
government overseeing the appropriate use of magic as it were; a
convincing glimpse at the criminal mind's twisted interpretation of honor and respect; and an enjoyable tale that will provide a few hours
of pure entertainment.
Illustrator Adrian Syaf's art is first rate and, in an introduction,
author Jim Butcher acknowledged that Syaf's visions of the characters
were bang-on with the mental perception of the characters that up until
now had only existed in Butcher's mind. I expect that should be
interpreted as a compliment to both Jim Butcher's skills at narrative
description and character development as well as Syaf's artistic
Even if WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE can't lay any great claims to literary
merit, it sure is fun and a fabulous way to while away a couple of
easy-going reading hours. Highly recommended.
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